Tim Dickson
12 May 2011

What is it?

It’s the Peugeot 308 CC, fresh from its midlife upgrade and resplendent with a new 508-style front end, LED daytime running lights and, in the case of the top-level GT trim car driven here, the 1.6-litre, 197bhp THP 200 engine we’ve previously warmed to in the firm’s likeable RCZ coupé.

What’s it like?

Put aside for one moment the usual list of folding hard-top compromises (tiny boot, scuttle shake and reduced rear passenger space all present and correct), and what we have here is a smart and surprisingly entertaining sub-premium coupé cabriolet. That said, don’t expect too much in the way of dynamic ability. While the CC feels reasonably well composed in both its ride and handling, with nicely damped suspension keeping the limitations of the roofless chassis in check, it’s what happens when you press down with your right foot that raises a smile. A 0-62mph time of 8.3sec and a 149mph top speed are both on tap if needed, but the rest of time you can sit back and enjoy a smooth, responsive delivery with plenty of poke for overtakes and rapid motorway cruising.

In GT trim the 308 CC comes impressively well-specced with an all-leather interior and comfortable, supportive seats fitted with effective neck-warming air vents, dubbed Airwave Scarf. With the roof up the cabin is cosy and devoid of squeaks and rattles; with it down there’s a touch of buffeting between the front seats at motorway speeds, but it’s otherwise a pleasant and relaxed environment, plus you get the added benefit of being able to hear a quite pleasing rasp from the exhaust.

Should I buy one?

If you’re in the market for a folding hard-top then quite possibly, yes, if only for the really quite entertaining performance on offer from the THP 200 motor. The addition of an extra 40bhp or so over the next model down in the line-up really does give the 308 CC fresh appeal.

However, there is one stumbling block, and that’s price. In this spec Peugeot’s coupé cabriolet doesn’t come cheap, and for this kind of money a more premium, if slower, roofless offering from Audi or BMW could well beckon.

 

Peugeot 308 CC GT THP200

Price: £25,845; Price as tested: £25,845; 0-62mph: 8.3sec; Top speed: 149mph; Kerb weight: 1535kg; Economy: 40.3mpg (combined); CO2: 162g/km; Engine: 4 cyls in line, 1598cc, petrol; Max power: 197bhp at 5500 to 6800rpm; Max torque: 203lb ft at 1700rpm

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Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

197bhp or not, this car still does nothing for me. It is still ungainly (like most CC's) and in this spec, far too expensive for what it is.

Give me the new Golf Cabriolet any day.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

I dont understand these 4 seater convertibles. They wouldnt be so bad if you really could fit 4 people in, but unless they are all very short you cant. So you might as well have a 2 seater which would be lighter, more economical, faster, infact better in every way. Compared to the other 4 seater hard tops out there this looks ok. But they are all compromised style wise by having to put the hard top somewhere. Peugeot really should fit a soft top if they must make convertibles. The 306 cabriolet was one of the best looking soft tops (even if it didnt really have room for adults in the back either).

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

I dont understand the 4 seater convertibles either - trying to fit in the back of an e46 3 series convertible was worse than a ryanair flight!

The manufacturers must reckon there is some sort of psychological effect by having 4 seats instead of a useful rear shelf or storage area. This spec of 308 cc looks a decent enough car, but it is really ugly at the rear and lets face it is only going to be driven by the fairer sex and people who arent interested in cars. Only those people will buy a 1.6 petrol a3 cab

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

artill wrote:

I dont understand these 4 seater convertibles. They wouldnt be so bad if you really could fit 4 people in, but unless they are all very short you cant. So you might as well have a 2 seater which would be lighter, more economical, faster, infact better in every way.

I can understand why someone might want a 4 seater convertible as it does give you extra flexibility, for carrying occasional passengers for short runs, etc, especially if it is your only vehicle. I'd agree with Teg, though, the Golf Cabriolet beats it in every way.

This facelift certainly looks better, but you cant get away from the fact that the lines will always be dominated by the massive rear end. I think I read somewhere that Peugeot are planning a soft top cabriolet for the 308s replacement, rather than go with another CC.

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

catnip wrote:
I dont understand these 4 seater convertibles. They wouldnt be so bad if you really could fit 4 people in, but unless they are all very short you cant. So you might as well have a 2 seater which would be lighter, more economical, faster, infact better in every way.

One word, Catnip: 'children'. You might have heard of them, they're like people, only smaller. Fit perfectly in the back of a four seater convertible. Don't tend to like going in the boot of a two seater, nor being left at home to play with matches. Lots of them out there.

Of course, if you were talking about a 207CC, that would be different, I would have to talk about notorious legless World War two pilots.

Canvas top anyday, thank you.

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

benjamino wrote:

One word, Catnip: 'children'. You might have heard of them, they're like people, only smaller. Fit perfectly in the back of a four seater convertible. Don't tend to like going in the boot of a two seater, nor being left at home to play with matches. Lots of them out there.

Lol!!

However......

Have you ever sat in the back of one of these (well any 4 seat drop top). The buffeting is, for most of them, awful!

Children they may be but they have very big mouths that complain at a very loud volume!

The when they duck to get out of the air stream, they feel disorientated - and sick - at which point the air scarf is great for blowing vomit off your neck!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

TegTypeR wrote:

197bhp or not, this car still does nothing for me. It is still ungainly (like most CC's) and in this spec, far too expensive for what it is.

Give me the new Golf Cabriolet any day.

I was thinking precisely the opposite! I've had a sneaking admiration for the CC. It's a bit chintzy with the led rear lights. Nice interior. And now decent pace. I'd never buy one, but i'd have this over the Golf in a heartbeat!

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

benjamino wrote:

catnip wrote:
I dont understand these 4 seater convertibles. They wouldnt be so bad if you really could fit 4 people in, but unless they are all very short you cant. So you might as well have a 2 seater which would be lighter, more economical, faster, infact better in every way.

One word, Catnip: 'children'. You might have heard of them, they're like people, only smaller. Fit perfectly in the back of a four seater convertible. Don't tend to like going in the boot of a two seater, nor being left at home to play with matches. Lots of them out there.

Erm...I think something went wrong there! The quotation above doesn't belong to me! I think your sarcasm needs directing elsewhere....

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

I hate these "boomerang" lights that reach all the way to the windscreen.

And no, I wouldn't be seen dead in one of these. But I quite like the colour of the leather, though...

Re: Peugeot 308 GT CC

3 years 22 weeks ago

Doesn't having "four" seats reduce the insurance premium? It does in the US.

But give me a break it's a small car with 197 bhp and 203 torque and it takes 8.3 seconds to dawdle up to 60? Back in the 80s I had a Lancia Thema Turbo with only 165 bhp and 205 torque (short term overboost) which was a full five seater saloon and was at least a second quicker to 60. Well of course it weighed about 300kg less than this fat piglet. I realise a lot of the weight is driven by regulatory requirements but I am beginning to think that there is also a direct correlation between weight and designer laziness.

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